Law in the Library: Before You File - Know the Tax Basics

The Alachua County Library District is partnering with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association to present Law in the Library. These programs are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Law in the Library: Before you File Know - the Tax Basics is on Monday, February 1, at 6 p.m. at Millhopper Branch Library. LaKesha P. Thomas, Esq. L.L.M., and Dakota S. Fraser will answer these questions: Do I need to file a tax return? What is my filing status? Which tax return do I use for an individual: 1040EZ, 1040 or 1040A? How do I determine my gross income, adjusted gross income and taxable income, calculate "above the line" and "below the line" deductions? How do I determine if I qualify for popular deductions and credits such as dependent deduction, elderly/disabled family deduction, earned income credit and/or child tax credit? What do I do if I am audited? Ms. Thomas is an attorney with Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. Dakota S. Fraser is a law student at the University of Florida Levin College of Law and VITA tax volunteer.

Law in the Library continues with Restoration of Civil Rights Workshops on Thursdays, 5:30 to 7 p.m. on:
February 11, Tower Road Branch, 3020 S.W. 75 Street, (352) 333-2840
March 17, Headquarters Library, 401 E. University Avenue, (352) 334-3939
April 7, Library Partnership, 1130 N.E. 16 Avenue, (352) 334-0165

Attorneys from Josiah T. Walls Bar Association and law students from the University of Florida Levin College of Law will provide one-on-one assistance to persons who have been convicted of a felony and are interested in applying to have their civil rights restored. If civil rights are restored an applicant will have the right to vote, sit on a jury and hold public office. Also, the attorneys will meet with people who are interested in having their records sealed or expunged.

Also, free legal resources are available in the John A.H. Murphree Law Library located at Headquarters Library. Resources include the Florida Bar Journal (2009 to present), Florida Cases, Florida Law Weekly, the Florida Statutes plus the Nolo’s small business essentials series and the WestLawNext (only available at Headquarters) and Gale Legal Forms databases.

Past presentations inlcuded:
Law in the Library - Reverse Mortgages and Foreclosures: What Seniors Need to Know 
Monday, September 21, at 6 p.m.,​ Headquarters Library

Restoration of Civil Rights Workshops on these Thursday evenings: 
October 1, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Library Partnership
November 12, 4:30 to 6 Cone Park Branch
December 3, 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Tower Road Branch

Guardianships That Affect Seniors Today
Monday, October 19, 6 p.m., Millhopper Branch Library

Child Support Workshop
Monday, Nov. 2, 6 to 7 p.m., Headquarters Library  

Monday, December 7, 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library

Tips for Coping with Post-Holiday Consumer Blues
Monday, January 11, 6 p.m., at Headquarters Library

For additional information, contact Nickie Kortus,, or (352) 334-3909 or Jan Bendik, Esq., at or (352) 372-0519.



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Law in the Library - Alachua County Library

Posted by NickieK on January 27, 2015